Sunday, February 11, 2018

The wardrobe clean out #5

There comes a time when a bloke has to do what he has to do and hang up his high heels. I barely passed the drag test when I was younger. I am well past it all now. I don't know that I ever paid for anything pictured. It was all given in free spirit as an encouragement to participate. I liked my heels better when when they were black, red and silver. They began life as black patent leather. I dragged up about four times in my life. It was fun, but also hard work. Drag queens have my utmost respect for their dedication to duty.

I have quite enjoyed destroying some of my history. The 1990s computer tips have been goned, along with hand written web addresses and email addresses. I can't imagine now why I wrote them down, from today's perspective. I did read an old tip that if you hold down the shift key, your computer will restart. That doesn't work now, if it ever did. Maybe it did in Windows 3.195.

I didn't take a before photo here, but how much better is is now, cleared out. The Pierre et Gilles calendar might be worth a couple of bob. I think that was won from Joy Melbourne. There are some other calendars with personal meanings to me that I kept. Don't ask what is the shoe box, or in my bedside cupboard. The are part of my history that are no longer relevant, but I can't bear to be rid of them. You have to save some stuff for the future to be rid of.


Two absolutely full crates have been reduced to one lightly filled one. Travel brochures, work stuff, Mother's letters, goned.


All goned to one lightly filled crate. Forty years worth of theatre programmes, kept.


The bag of Mother's letters, goned.


Proof about the length of Mother's letters, page 19 but there was an extra sheet as well.


Real estate brochures, goned except for those for our own places and that of friends, which have been moved into the filing cabinet.


What is up in this crate? The label says Diaries, Magazines and IT. It does not say drag paraphernalia, but that was there too.


Much neater and now holding other bits of important stuff that were lying around in other parts of the wardrobe.


Goned.



1990s computer tips, goned.


Not quite goned as I will have a flick through them, two PC User magazines from the 1990s. They came with free cds. A couple of years earlier, they would have been free floppy disks.


About six issues of Outrage Magazine, still kept in the hope that they may be useful as a piece of history. I expect the Lesbian and Gay Archives already have more than one copy of all. Also, one copy of OG magazine from the 90s, nice work Ian. Somewhere on bookshelves are a number of copies the British magazine The Face, including the one that outed Jason Donovan and then had to pay big time when he sued. We will never see such high quality magazines again.


Ikea and Freedom Furniture catalogues dating back to 1994, yes one per year until a couple of years ago. It is amazing how little Ikea furniture has changed over two plus decades.


Yeah, no, really, well, I can't do much about this drawer.


Lavazza Coffee calendar in behind, won from Joy Melbourne ever so many years ago. Is it chicks showing bosoms? I doubt I would have kept it if it was. I can't remember and it is too hard to get out. Note, one crate is goned. When we recarpeted, Sister said, it is exactly the same colour. She was wrong, as you can see between the old and the newer, and it was a mass slaughter of  nylons to make our old carpet, not so many nylons in our present carpet, just more (hopefully) humanely shorn sheep wool.


I tried with the other side of the shelf, but very little reduction. A picnic set and a Thermos set given to me by work I foolishly consulted R about and he implored me to keep them. I would have chucked them out. I see treasured audio cassettes that I doubt I will ever listen to again, but note, our sound system is so old it does have a cassette player. The never used portable outdoor chairs have you sitting almost on the ground. It was not long ago that I decided we should keep them, well a few years perhaps. R and perhaps me to extent might have to do the undignified roll over to get up from them now. Our wicker sewing basket, used often enough by me to sew on a button on that is falling or has fallen off. My button sewing work may not be beautiful, but the button will stay in place until at least the year 3,000.  

There is also a stack of cds or dvds on the right. I have no idea what they are. Ah, I have remembered now. They were old..........err, umm, movies of a certain kind, transferred from video tape to dvd. Why did I bother? The quality would be awful. Joey Stefano did die, didn't he. I think Lon Flexx did too. Jeff Stryker?


The interior of all of our wardrobes could do with a clean and paint, and as happy homemakers of the past, it would have been done. Guess what. They can stay as they are. I am on the slippery downhill slide of not noticing spillage of something down the kitchen cupboards or on my own shirt.

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  1. The biggest surprise was the collection of Ikea and Freedom catalogues. I didn't realise people collected those.

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    1. Ad Rad, I might have been the only person in the world who did. I thought it would be interesting to compare what they sold years ago to what they now sell. It wasn't.

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  2. You could start a new career as a De-clutterer. Very in, at the moment.

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    1. Victor, it is kind of a nice feeling. It is something that has been in the back of mind and it is now cleared from my mind.

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  3. You're making me feel guilty! I have to have a good de-cluttering to get rid of a lot of stuff that needs getting rid of!!!!

    I'll wait until the cooler weather arrives, though...that is my excuse! :)

    Have a good week, Andrew!

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    1. Lee, I waited for a stinking hot day, so I could just stay home in the cool and do it without feeling the need to go out.

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  4. Amndrew great job

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    1. It was a job well done, Gosia.

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  5. Well done!
    We got as far as demolishing mum & dads old wardrobe that was so large it was not only assembled inside the room but it had it's own postcode.
    Still waiting for the boys to shift an Edwardian model from another room to ours to refill with stuff.

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    1. Haha Jayne. We had an old wardrobe once that had stamped on the back, European labour only.

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  6. Its a heartbreaker. You know you cannot hoard every bit of stuff collected by the family since they arrived in this country, but every bit represents some important (or trivial) part of family history. Noone else has it and noone else would understand it anyhow.

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    1. Hels, and while you may pass things on to the next generation, as time goes on there will be less and less interest and motivation for keeping it. How about getting what you know down on paper, at least.

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  7. Anonymous1:25 pm

    Inspiring but I would still have kept the letters over, say, the theatre programs. I confess I still have boxes/cases of both though I stopped keeping (and if expensive) buying programs about 20 years ago, and come to think of it letters faded from the picture at about the same time.

    I should also be inspired by the quite well organised box containing your little bag of Vietnamese dong. How much are they worth? When do you plan to return?

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    1. Marcellous, we stopped buying them many years ago too. They became absurdly expensive and full of ads. I am sad about the letters, but Mother wrote too frankly about family in them for the family to read them when I am gone.

      It was 11,000 VD? Haha. 11,000 to AU$1. 14,000 to US$1. But while I can't remember the details back in 2001, there was always a problem for us to do with them wanting us to pay $US1 for 11,000 dong.

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  8. I'm up to 20 black garbage bags thrown out and coming up for 21. It's a stress area when I have to get rid of books but at least they can go to the Op shop. Granddaughters will get the dinkum jewellery and I'm sending the cheap shite stuff to Highriser, that'll learn him.

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  9. Oh that was the best read so far today Andrew.. please put me down for a signed copy of your book that you must write when you retire! I'm not sure about your cupboard clearing skills though, there's much kept there that really should have hit the bin, like 'frinstance the low to the ground deckchairs, although... I would give anything to see those roll out exits 😀😀😀😀

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    1. Grace, just to the left of the last photo is a piece of laminated timber holding the shelf up that collapsed when I overloaded it many years ago, mostly with vinyl records. They went years ago. When we meet again, I will make sure we are not in a position to make a roll over, so you won't get a laugh at our expense. Ok, I think the chairs might go.

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  10. Good god. It would have been easier to move house, and just leave everything behind. I could never do what you've just done; my wife would complain!

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    1. Cro, the clincher was when R told me my wardrobe was a mess and needed cleaning out, so somewhat the opposite of Lady Magon.

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  11. You have done well cleaning all that out, it's rather a chore, what will I turf what will I keep.

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    1. Margaret, my rule for clothing is if I haven't worn it for a year, it goes under the bed. If the item stays there, it goes. There are things I got rid of that have sat in boxes untouched for decades.

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  12. They do say purging is good for the soul and I'd say your soul is pretty happy right now.
    I would have loved to see those old Ikea and Freedom magazines. I really enjoy looking through older styles.

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    1. River, the soul is happy. The thing with the old catalogues is that they could have nearly been printed today, and you would think they were current.

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  13. I can't get over your comment "Page 19". Oh my gosh. Page 19.

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    1. Prolific is the word, Strayer.

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  14. I'm doing something similar right now, having been inspired by The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. The author's advice is generally "have a moment with all of your precious items, remember why they were important, and then throw them out".

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    1. James, that describes quite well what I did.

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